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Monroe County Commissioners Discuss Black Walnut Center
Written by Darin Brown, General Manager   
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 10:38 PM

Highlighting the Dec. 10 Monroe County Commissioners meeting was a discussion about the Black Walnut Study. Attending to discuss a feasibility study were engineers Matt Brake of Swiss Valley Associates, Eric Davis of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), and Salah Eldabaja of ODOT. Also attending were Raymond Petty of the Monroe County Airport; Larry Ullman of the CIC; Dan Greenlee; Bruce James of the Monroe County Engineer's office; Jason Hammon, Economic Development Representative for Monroe County; and Pandora Neuhart, Monroe County Auditor. The feasibility study was funded by a grant secured by Buckeye Hills (50% of funding), while the Monroe County Commissioners, Monroe County Engineer and Monroe County CIC kicked in the remainder.

The main focus of the study was the possibility of installing a parkway extension road which would allow easier access to the Black Walnut Center. Eldabaja of ODOT said, while the road is possible, it would also be expensive. Salah Eldabaja also said that ODOT does not currently have funding for such a road. Eric Davis of ODOT said he thinks the group should look at short and medium term fixes to help the situation if the connector road is too expensive. One target area mentioned by Davis was the intersection of SR 800 and SR 26 beside McDonald's. Davis said the intersection needs widened to allow for truck traffic. 


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